Ascent of Mount Hamilton on 2019-06-03
|Others in Party:||Wife|
|Date:||Monday, June 3, 2019|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Location:||USA-District of Columbia|
| Elevation:||230 ft / 70 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI did this as part of a family walk that took in most of the National Arboretum grounds.
DC is not the best peakbagging destination, but at least its high point and prominence point are on parkland. The National Arboretum is worth a trip even if it weren't home to Mount Hamilton, the prominence point. There are many ways to walk to the top. I recommend walking up through the azalea gardens in May if you can make that work. The highest point is in the middle of the roundabout at the end of the park maintenance road, right around a lone tree. The rise of Mount Hamilton compared to the relatively flat ground surrounding is best appreciated from the open meadows near the old Capitol columns.
While you're on the grounds, I highly recommend the conifer collection and the Asian gardens. Gates open at 8AM every day except for a handful of holidays and entrance is free. The only problem you might have is that sometimes the area around the azalea gardens and Mount Hamilton is closed when the resident bald eagles display mating behaviors. Check their website before you go.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||453 ft / 138 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||453 ft / 137 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||5.7 mi / 9.2 km|
| Grade/Class:||Class 1|
| Quality:||4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Open Country|
| Weather:||Hot, Calm, Clear|
Hot and humid, but not exceptionally so
| Gain on way in:||453 ft / 138 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 168 ft / 52 m; Extra: 285 ft / 86m|
| Loss on way in:||285 ft / 86 m|
| Distance:||4.3 mi / 6.9 km|
| Route:||Loop walk around most of arboretum grounds|
| Start Trailhead:||Visitor Center 62 ft / 18 m|
| Time:||1 Hours 58 Minutes|
| Loss on way out:||168 ft / 51 m|
| Distance:||1.4 mi / 2.3 km|
| Route:||Maintenance Road, Capitol columns, and Herb Garden|
| End Trailhead:||Visitor Center 62 ft / 18 m|
| Time:||30 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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